"Whatever your hands find to do, verily do it with all your might" Ecclesiastes 9-10

Monday, February 26, 2007

FUN WITH HOMEWORK.......


I had promised May Britt (Abyquilt) to have a try on her cubes tutorial..... So I had her lesson printed, and sat at the table, very concentrated, with a basket of scraps.....I made my plastic templates, and began my "homework"... Ooooh, what fun ! (Thanks, teacher !)
I'll have to be very, very,brave to go back to my other current works; but I promised myself to prepare a bunch of diamonds & triangles, to piece during my next vacations.... I took a photo, but - oooops - forgot to rotate it , sorry.... What do you think ?


I also paid a quick visit to my quilt shop, for some batting... Surprise ! My fidelity card was full, (we get 5% of the total amount, every 12 boughts) and worth about 20 $ ! Yepee ! So, I chose a "petal rule" that intrigued me (also good for triangles), and a tiny, cuty tin box, full of quilted glass headed pins .... The big "book" shown on the right is actually a tin box I received from a good friend, who visited me yesterday. It was full of butter biscuits, but has now been recycled into........ a "cubes box" !

GRATITUDES

- a good week-end,

- Spring is coming : I could hear birds singing, this morning,

- so many kind (and moving) messages from YOU, my friends about my in-laws.... (THANKS again !)

- a brand new portable computer, with a biiiig screen, for me, myself, moi, only ! (Thanks, dear Hubby !)

THOUGHT OF THE DAY :

"I can live for two months on a good compliment !" - Mark Twain

Friday, February 23, 2007

I TREATED MYSELF...


... and it was good ! I had an eye on those books for a few weeks, but you know how it is with budget, bills, insurances, etc... last week, however, I decided that I deserved them, because I would feel sooo good with them - and when I'm feeling good, I'm singing all day long, and the whole family feels good ! In fact, I did it for THEM !
(I'm VERY good at good excuses....)


So, these two new baby books knocked my door yesterday (I must say that "Quilt Books USA" are very quick !), and I welcomed them arms wide open ! They're exactly what I was looking for : full of ideas, tips, and even recipes...I'm sure they'll help me reducing my stash....
(I told you, I'm very good.....)
What am I quilt-doing these days ? Well, I'm still working on a special wall-hanging (can't tell/show you more, for the moment) and I still have to catch up with some Applique Designs blocks (three of them have been prepared with freezer paper, and I'm planning to make at least one this weekend).
I also made and sent out my 40 siggy blocks to Cynthia (Aussie Quilter) and I can't wait seeing her package coming to my door !...
This afternoon, however, I'm going to fall into temptation (again !?!?!) and I'm gonna give a try to May Britt's cubes (she deserves it, after this nice tutorial, doesn't she ?), I'm going to use 1.5 side diamonds, and I've noticed that the small dark triangles are just a half diamond... We'll see...
On another subject, we've been living some hard family matters, since Valentines day. Nonno, my father-in-law, had to enter the hospital, due to a very severe pneumonia. One year ago, he was unfortunately diagnosed with a lungs cancer, but he refused any chemical treatment - he's 84 - saying that "the candle will go off at the right moment". He was not doing bad for his age, but I guess harder times are coming to him now....
As if this wasn't enough, Nonna, my mother-in-law, had been diagnosed with Ahlzeimer, just a few weeks ago... She's 83 and "things" are going quickly. The poor thing is completely lost and cannot stay alone. One good thing for her is that she's not aware of anything, and even in these hard times she still makes us laugh a lot : when Nonno was taken by the ambulance to the hospital, she told us that he has been "kidnapped" by three very nice and handsome men, "and fortunately the money is still at the bank!"... I love her so much...
So, now we take care of her in turn, as well as visit Nonno at the hospital every day. I guess we all become "our parents's parents, one day".....
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GRATITUDES
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In-laws, like mother and father to me...
The ability to give them some relief...
A strong temper to face my husband's sorrow....
Good doctors...
A passion that helps me so much to de-stress....
THOUGHT OF THE DAY :
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HAPPINESS IS A PERFUME YOU CANNOT POUR ON OTHERS WITHOUT GETTING A FEW DROPS ON YOURSELF... - Anonymous -
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Sorry for this quite looooong post. Thanks, my friends, if you read it entirely !

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

HAPPY VALENTINE ! ! !




Just like May Britt, I love hearts, too... amazingly, I couldn't find many quilted hearts among my works, I'll have to think about that !......


However, I found some lovely tins and boxes that made me happy (and still do.....).
I wish you all a happy Valentine day, of course, but above all I wish you little deeds of love in your everyday life !
GRATITUDE
Gaetano, my dear, sweet husband, the love of my life...

Thursday, February 8, 2007

LAZY DAYS..... STILL PROGRESS....




Well, the flu is over, thanks everyone for your kind messages !


I experienced some lazy-lazy days, as if I had lost my energy. So, I rested, and rested, and rumaged through my stash, my books, my folders, etc..... Sometimes it's good doing "nothing" !
However, I took some photos of my latest progress : slowly, but surely, I'm catching up....

The second picture shows my 6 new blocks for Applique Designs. I love them, and feel much much more at ease with that new color scheme. (Thanks to May Britt, for having left me some time to catch up !)... I intend to make 4 more blocks this month.

The first picture is for Cynthia (Aussie Quilter), who asked to see my redwork blocks. I started these while on holidays in Spain, last year. I had no redwork pattern, so I transferred designs from a "Piece O'Cake" applique book. There are still 30 more blocks to make.... (I'm an optimist).


Block 3 of the "Spring is here" stitching quilt is finished.

I also worked on a cute and funny wall hanging......that I can't show you here, as the recipient reads my blog.... Surprise !

I handquilted a bit, but not as much as I intended to. (Optimist, I told you !)...

Now I must stick on my siggies bloggers swap blocks, that have to be posted next Monday to Cynthia. I don't show them : surprise !


I wonder : has anybody got some news from JEN ("Hedgehog") ? It's been quite a long time since her last post (26th December). I do hope she's OK......


GRATITUDES


It snowed, yesterday. My garden looked like white lace...


My son had very good results for his Jan. exams at the university...


A very special friend, like a sister to me... ( Hi, dear !)


A new quilt book: "Home sweet home" (Blackbird Designs)...


Have you noticed the "Stash Quilts" logo on my sidebar ?



THOUGHT OF THE DAY :


"Young lovers seek perfection. Old lovers learn the art of sewing shreds together, and of seeing beauty in a multiplicity of patches..."


(From "How to make an American Patchwork")


Thursday, February 1, 2007

TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER...



A quick note from your "poor" friend, feeling sick, cold, and shivering.... I think the flu is pointing its finger right on me...My nose looks (and feels) like a big potatoe (LOL) and I don't feel any energy at all, even for sewing (imagine !!!).... To think I did work so hard with my quilting & stitching, but I'm really not feeling like taking some photos, post them, wait until blogger loads them, bla-bla-bla (you know that story !)... All I want is to sip my hot milk with honey, while browsing through my friend's blogs, and then get to bed early.....

Tomorrow is another day : some appropriate meds, some good words from DH, a good night sleep, and the "machine" will work far better tomorrow (or the day after, or the day after..... but it will !).

GRATITUDES

It 's just a cold..... it could have been a broken leg ! (LOL)

A warm home

Hot, comforting soup for supper

A big, comfortable bed

Good news from Hanne, through May Britt's blog (Abyquilt)

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

"Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle." Bob HOPE.